Purina and Unwanted Horse Coalition Help Find Adoptive Families for Rescue Horses with A Home for Every Horse Program
Thursday, May 03 2012 by Editor
Rescue horses at S.A.F.E.R. rescue shelter in Sonoma County, Calif., are just a few among the thousands of horses across America waiting to find homes that will adopt or foster them. Purina Makes Feed Contribution and Asks Horse Owners, Retailers to Help (ST. LOUIS, Mo. – May 1, 2012) – During the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Purina Mills, LLC announced its pledge to donate $125,000 in feed to American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC). The donation will support A Home for Every Horse , a program dedicated to finding homes for horses in need of adoption or fostering. Purina’s goal is to donate a half ton of Purina® Strategy® horse feeds to 400 rescue shelters
Thursday, May 03 2012 by Editor
Wellington, Florida– David Marcus of Campbellville, ON, made the most of his new Canadian citizenship, putting himself in contention for Olympic consideration following a strong winter competition season in Florida. Several weeks of international dressage competition are held in the Wellington, West Palm Beach and Loxahatchee areas, making south Florida a top destination for dressage athletes from around the world. Marcus, 31, received his Canadian citizenship on December 28, 2011, and promptly began representing his new country successfully, scoring over 70% with Chrevi’s Capital in the national grand prix held at the Wellington Classic Dressage Premier from January 12 to 15 in Loxahatchee, Florida. Even more impressively, the national competition in Loxahatchee marked the first grand prix test for Marcus’s mount, Chrevi’s Capital owned by Deborah Kinzinger. In just four short months competing at the sport’s highest level together, Marcus and the 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding have formed a solid partnership that has seen them achieve an average score of 67.251% for Olympic consideration. As of May 1, Marcus is ranked fifth overall in a hotly contested race for a spot on the 2012 Canadian Olympic Dressage Team. “At every competition this winter, Chrevi’s Capital steadily increased his scores by one or two percent, culminating in the CDI5* at the Global Dressage Festival where we placed second in the Grand Prix Special,” said Marcus of the CDI5* Global Dressage Festival held March 28 to April 1 in Wellington, Florida. “I am thrilled with the progress he has made; he has exceeded my expectations. I had hoped that he would do this well, but he progressed so quickly, going from having never done a grand prix to now being so consistent in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special that we are in the running for a place on the Olympic team.”
Sara Kozumplik and Manolo Blahnik, exuding class at Manny's first ever four-star in spite of boogie moments during their waltz... © Lauren R Giannini Okay, so we’re only one person and we can’t be everywhere & do everything, but on Friday, we made a point of getting to the dressage arena to watch our friend Sara Kozumplik and Manolo Blahnik who was ready and eager for the cross-country, but a day early. Their score put them well down on the leaderboard standings, but ya wanna know something? That test might have been a disappointment to Sara and Brian Murphy and Lara, who’s grooming her first Rolex – understandable after all the years of preparation to get here, but we felt very proud of Manny for not leaping out of the ring and thundering off to the XC. It’s his first four-star and he’s a bit of a sensitive, complex creature under the best of circumstances and the horse gods know what an electric atmosphere Rolex tends to be
Friday, April 27 2012 by Editor
Allison Springer has been in the catbird seat after dressage before, but not on the last day. This is her fifth Rolex with Arthur, and she entered the arena at 11:30 a.m. with the brilliant but somewhat quirky gelding who gave her pretty much everything she asked. The judges rewarded the duo’s test with a score of 39.8 penalty points, thereby ousting Parklane Hawk and William Fox-Pitt (GBR) on 41.3pp from the first place berth they had earned a couple of hours earlier
Thursday, April 26 2012 by Editor
Welcome to Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bridgestone – and the first day of dressage. We had just enough time to get to the stadium where we took a few pix of Sinead Halpin and “Tate” – Manoir de Carneville, who performed the test ride. Last year they finished third at Rolex, winning the USET Foundation Pinnacle Cup as the highest-placed US rider/horse combination as well as Best Conditioned Horse.
Wednesday, April 25 2012 by Editor
UVA Men (left to right): Felipe Viana, Lou Lopez, Todd Thurston, Eduardo Lopez, Mauricio Lopez, CB Scherer, LJ Lopez UVA polo dominated the USPA Intercollegiate National Tournaments this past weekend in Ithaca, N.Y., taking home titles in both the men’s and women’s events. The Cavalier squads faced strong competition throughout the tournaments, which featured top college programs and some of the best young players in the United States. The UVA men’s team defeated Cornell in the semifinal and went on to win the championship with a 23-17 victory against Westmont in the final. UVA Women (left to right): Lou Lopez, Isabella Wolf, Kylie Sheehan, Julia Steiner, Vicky Friedrichs, LJ Lopez In the women’s tournament, UVA took down a solid Texas A&M team before meeting rival Cornell in the final and winning in a close 17-13 contest The National Intercollegiate Championship is part of the USPA’s Intercollegiate/Interscholastic polo program, which is committed to growing the sport of polo with players and fans. Several players from the winning UVA teams are part of the premier Team USPA development program as well, which is also highly involved in training and teaching young polo players. With the help of programs like these, polo is experiencing a resurgence in the U.S.as depicted in the recent in-depth feature on “60 Minutes” surrounding the sport. All Star Honorees Men Women Felipe Viana – UVA Julia Steiner – UVA CB Scherer – UVA Kailey Eldredge – Cornell Patrick Uretz –Westmont Kylie Sheehan – UVA Wiley Uretz -Westmont Isabella Wolf – UVA
Wednesday, April 25 2012 by Editor
A lot rides on Kentucky Rolex Three-Day Event, sponsored by Bridgestone, April 25-29 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Not only is it the premier four-star this side of the big puddle (Atlantic Ocean), it is THE PLACE where the Selectors for the US 3-Day Olympic Team will be watching the US contenders through high-powered microscopes. Then, too, there is the British invasion to roil the Rolex “waters” as William Fox-Pitt (GBR), 2010 winner of Rolex with Cool Mountain, is slated to ride Parklane Hawk: they won 2011 Burghley, which was Fox-Pitt’s sixth triumph in the testing September four-star.
Never let it be said that we sat around, twiddling our thumbs, bored as all get-out with nothing to do – OMG, this April has been one loco, uber-crazy month! We just ran to the main house and put a huge load of laundry in the front-loader, but we need some of the items so we don’t freeze during the Fairfax Races at Morven Park – the last ever races at that wonderful course… We have one story to finalize, but its subject, Kelse Bonham and the SCAD Equestrian Team are in the last day of the ANRC Finals, so we’re waiting to see if Savannah College of Art & Design picks up their 8th team title. Our pony is confirmed to have “something” in his hock, some heat, some arthritis, whatever – he isn’t happy so we’ve taken the advice of vet Todd Ruddick to put him on a three-week series of IV Polyglycan. Peter will have had his second injection and a couple of days to absorb the benefits before I get back from Rolex.
Where did the last week go? Well, we spent eight days & nights horse/dog/cat/chicken/pig & farm sitting – the pig was a real pig, but her people love her and that’s what counts. It’s grand to be home and a few minutes away from our dearling Lord Peter and other lovely pony projects at Bryan and Brandy McDonald’s The Fine Equine Stables, the reason for this post. They will host a clinic with Rex Peterson on March 30, 8:30 am to 6 pm. Here’s the release we put together for Brandy who is the clinic organizer. RJ, star of Hidalgo with Viggo Mortensen, entertained spectators after the last clinic hosted by The Fine Equine Stables with a demonstration of his repertoire of movie tricks with acclaimed Hollywood horse trainer Rex Peterson.
[Wellington, FL] As Nations Cup Night draws near, the United States is calling on all fans to show their support. This weekend, Saturday February 25 and Sunday, February 26, Junior and pony riders are invited to create and submit a poster for the “Team USA Poster Contest.” Poster supplies will be available in the Winter Equestrian Festival Family Center located near the pony rings from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM